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May 15, 2017  2:07 PM

UK government, NHS and Windows XP support – what really happened

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cyber security, GDS, Government IT, Information security, IT security, Microsoft, NHS, Ransomware, Windows XP

In all the debate about the NHS ransomware attack, much has been made of a...

September 9, 2016  9:48 AM

The grubby day-to-day frustrations of digital change in Whitehall

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Change management, Digital transformation, GDS, Government IT, NHS, NPfIT, Universal Credit, Whitehall

Change is hard. Few business or IT leaders would disagree with such a statement. But learning the lessons from change should be the easy and obvious outcome. Failing to learn the lessons from change even after those lessons have been repeatedly expressed as a result of repeated problems can...

November 13, 2015  11:26 AM

Spending review will show how – or if – digital is the future of the public sector

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
GAAP, GDS, HMRC, local government, NHS, Verify

November 25th is highlighted in red ink for any IT leader in the public sector. That's the day the chancellor, George Osborne, reveals the winners and losers in the 2015 spending review, which determines how much cash each department, agency and council gets to spend over the next five years.

June 5, 2015  10:38 AM

The state of NHS IT? Ring a random NHS trust and see if they have IT problems – it worked for us

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
NHS, NPfIT, Project management

We'd like to let you in on a little secret.

In the past week, Computer Weekly uncovered IT problems at two NHS trusts in the north-west of London. In one, medical...

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February 18, 2014  12:03 PM

The lesson from the NHS row: You can’t keep privacy issues private any more

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence,, Database, IT security, NHS, privacy

The rumbling, growing row over the NHS England service has become an instruction manual for how not to handle data privacy in the digital age.

For anyone not aware of the...

September 18, 2013  12:53 PM

10 years tickling the toes of NHS IT suppliers

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
CSC, Fujitsu, Government IT, lorenzo, NHS, NPfIT, PAC

When Richard Granger, then the director-general of NHS IT, signed the contracts for the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in 2003, he famously promised he would hold the suppliers' "feet to the fire."

Ten years on, it's clear that the contracts instead called for the NHS to rub their...

August 1, 2013  4:25 PM

When will politicians end their ‘public sector bad – private sector good’ mantra?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
111, CSC, G4S, Government IT, NHS, NPfIT, Outsourcing, Serco

Will we ever kill once and for all the idea that the private sector can do anything the public sector can do, but do it better and cheaper?

We're in a strange spiral at the moment where the government is dogmatically attempting to contract out to companies as many public services as it...

January 16, 2013  5:26 PM

It is patently obvious the NHS must have online patient records

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick

The issue of electronic patient records in the NHS is back in the headlines after health secretary Jeremy Hunt called for the health service to...

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September 6, 2012  4:22 PM

Everybody lost in NHS IT disaster

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick

A degree of ironic congratulation is due to the Department of Health (DoH) and Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude for finally extricating the NHS from its disastrous contract with...

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June 1, 2012  10:59 AM

NHS IT managers finally get their chance to shine

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick

My leader article in Computer Weekly this week should have been easy to write. It's about the new NHS IT strategy, and it would be a simple task to cut and paste pretty much every similar article about

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